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13 July 2019 Venue The Hive Attendance

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Barnet Football Club
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Wycombe Wanderers

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Preview: Wycombe Wanderers (H) - Pre-season Friendly

13 July 2019

The Bees are back on home turf this afternoon as they welcome League One side Wycombe Wanderers to The Hive, hoping to make it two wins on the bounce.

Darren Currie’s side will be going into the game full of confidence after beating Berkhamsted 5-1 on Tuesday night, kicking off their pre-season schedule in style.

It only took six minutes for the dead-lock to be broken after Jack Taylor put the Bees one-up, poking home after skipping through two defenders.

The visitors bagged a second just before the half-hour mark as Shaq Coulthirst netted from the spot following a foul on Dan Sparkes.

Two quickly became three though when Taylor bagged his brace in spectacular fashion, finding the top corner from 25 yards out.

The Bees cruised into half-time with a four-goal advantage after Coulthirst netted his second of the game too, tapping in from close range on 38 minutes.

However, Berkhamsted struck first in the second period when Lewis Toomey pulled a goal back but Medy Elito topped off a near-perfect night on 61 minutes.

A Look at the Opposition:

The Chairboys had another season to celebrate last campaign when they maintained their League One status on the final day, beating Fleetwood Town 1-0.

Gareth Ainsworth’s side were promoted to the third tier for the first time in seven years in 2018 and managed to clinch 17th spot with 53 points last term.

With preparations for next campaign well underway, Wycombe welcomed their first summer signing to Adam’s Park on Tuesday, securing the services of attacking midfielder Alex Pattison from Middlesbrough.

The Bees are first up on their pre-season calendar with Woking awaiting them on Tuesday. They then welcome Brentford to Buckinghamshire before heading to Wealdstone and Maidenhead United.

Manager: Gareth Ainsworth

Gareth Ainsworth will be in the opposing dug-out this afternoon in his 10th year associated with Wycombe.

The former midfielder joined the Chairboys on loan in 2009 before penning a permanent deal a year later.

When taking up the managerial role in 2012 after Wycombe’s relegation to League Two, Ainsworth remained a registered player before hanging up his boots six years later.

Initially becoming caretaker boss, he was awarded the role on a permanent basis after steering the club away from a second successive relegation in his debut season.

Ainsworth’s Wycombe would stay in the fourth tier for five more seasons as they flirted with relegation in his second year in charge before losing the play-off final in the next.

Fast forward three years though and he did manage to guide his side back to League One, gaining automatic promotion after finishing third, four points clear of the play-offs.

He also led Wycombe to the fourth round of the FA Cup for only the second time in the club’s history during the 2016-17 season. However, their dream run ended at the hands of Tottenham Hotspur, losing 4-3 at White Hart Lane.

As a player, he began his senior career at Northwich Victoria before going on to play for the likes of Preston North End, Lincoln City, Port Vale and Queens Park Rangers.

Ainsworth was also part of the Wycombe side who gained promotion to League One in 2011 and would go on to make 600 appearances for the Chairboys.

It’s safe to say, he’s a legend at the club.

Last Time Out:

The last time these two sides met was in a League Two fixture at the back end of the 2017-18 season, the Bees falling to a 2-0 defeat on that occasion.

The Chairboys, who clinched promotion that season, took the lead through a 52nd minute Joe Jacobson penalty before a Ricardo Santos own goal sealed maximum points.

Connections:

Andre Boucaud, who started against Berkhamsted on Tuesday, could come up against his former club this afternoon. The midfielder signed for the Chairboys in 2007 and went on to make 11 appearances for the club but was released at the end of that season.

Currie wore Wycombe colours for three years during his playing career after joining from Barnet in 2001. He made over 100 appearances for the club but departed in 2004 before heading to Ipswich Town.

A couple of Currie’s coaching staff are ex-Chairboys too with the first being Junior Lewis. The former midfielder was Peter Taylor’s assistant at Wycombe in a short spell starting in 2008.

Coach Danny Senda made over 300 appearances for the Chairboys between 1999 and 2006 before leaving for Millwall.

Currie’s Comments:

After overseeing a 5-1 win over Berkhamsted on Tuesday, Bees boss Currie looked ahead to this afternoon’s game with his focus firmly on fitness:

“It’s important we play right and approach the game right but it’s still about fitness”, he said.

“If I come off the pitch on Saturday against Wycombe and everyone’s got good minutes in and are fit and well still, it’s another step in the right direction.

“The result will be a plus, we all want to see winning football of course but first and foremost, I want the boys to get fitter because we don’t get anything for beating Wycombe, there’s nothing on it other than fitness and understanding of what’s being asked of them.”

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Match Reports

Match Report: Barnet 1-1 Wycombe Wanderers

The match report following the Bees 1-1 draw with Wycombe

13 July 2019

The Bees conceded a last minute goal as they drew to League One side Wycombe Wanderers in their second pre-season friendly.

Dan Sparkes second half strike was cancelled out by a late goal from a Wycombe trialist, in an entertaining match at The Hive.

The opening 20 minutes saw a lively start from the Bees, without fashioning a clear cut opportunity.

Up the other end a superb sliding interception from Ricardo Santos denied the visitors an opening goal after they got in behind the Bees defence.

Callum Reynolds then cleared a goal-bound shot away from a Wycombe trialist, as the League One side upped the pressure midway through the first half.

The first half was one of few clear cut chances, meaning the sides went in goalless at the break.

The Bees had a golden opportunity to take the lead just one minute into the second half. Barham raced clear on goal, after good work from Ephron Mason-Clark, however, his shot was straight at Chairboys keeper Cameron Yates.

After 52 minutes the Bees got the breakthrough as Sparkes tapped home, following excellent work from Antonis Vasiliou. It completes an excellent week for Sparkes after the fielder notched three assists in Tuesday’s game against Berkhamsted.

Vasiliou was next to have a sight on goal, but his shot from Mason-Clark’s cross went narrowly over the bar. The Bees looked the better in the opening exchanges of the second half.

The energetic Mason-Clark, provided the Bees with an attacking threat out on the wings, he raced to the corner of the box but couldn’t find the target with his shot. The visitors saw an effort from Alex Pattison sail over Scott Loach’s goal.

It was Mason-Clark involved again as he broke into the area and produced a fine stop from Yates. His opposite number Loach pulled off an excellent save to deny Alex Samuel after he timed his run well to go clear on the Bees goal.

The visitors equalised right at the death as one of the Chairboys’ many trialists snuck in at the back post to turn home a low cross. It was a cruel blow for the Bees after strong second half showing.

Darren Currie’s side will feel unfortunate not to have made it a second win on the bounce in their second pre-season match after they dominated large periods of the second half.

Attentions will now turn to the visit of Crystal Palace on Tuesday night (16th July, 19:45 KO) as the Bees continue their preparations for the 2019/20 National League season.

Attendance: 655 

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